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Monty and Pete help explore Westward’s successes

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Monty Halls, Westward Chief Executive Barbara Shaw and Pete Goss MBE Monty Halls, Westward Chief Executive Barbara Shaw and Pete Goss MBE

Around 300 staff from Westward – one of the largest affordable housing providers in Devon and Cornwall - made an expedition to the University of Exeter for an awards ceremony featuring TV presenter and explorer Monty Halls and round-the-world sailor Pete Goss.

The guest speakers, who have travelled across the globe on their adventures, gave motivational speeches on the themes of dealing with change, teamwork and celebrating success at the event on July 1 at the University’s Forum complex.

Westward’s Chief Executive Barbara Shaw introduced the event and spoke about the strong performance of the group along with supporting messages from fellow directors and customers.

After a humorous talk about his intrepid adventures for television, Monty presented awards recognising individual and team contributions throughout Westward, which employs over 350 people and provides more than 7,500 affordable, high quality homes and services in the region.

The awards recognised community involvement and customer service and among the winners were Exeter’s Bethany House – a supported housing scheme for single young women – for their support to Exeter’s Respect Festival.

Also taking home an award was Plymouth House and Young Parents Project for Customer Service in working to jointly to deliver structured courses and activities for single people with support needs and Westward Property Services – who carry out repairs and maintenance for the group from their base in Bideford.

 “As our staff are based throughout Devon and Cornwall it was great to get together for the day and recognise their continuing efforts at making Westward one of the country’s top social housing provider. They will also have been inspired by the amazing motivational speeches from Monty and Pete about their expeditions around the globe and battling adversity to exert positive change,” said Barbara.

The audience was then drawn into a fascinating talk by record-breaking sailor and fellow former Royal Marine, Pete Goss. Shocking film of the dramatic seas in the South Atlantic and DIY surgery on an infected elbow had the audience on tenterhooks, only to be followed with tales of the rescue of a drowning French yachtsman Raphaël Dinelli and their subsequent life-long friendship.

The event was rounded off with a barbeque and performance by steel band Steelasophical.

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